Rutten says, "Mahony is the last of the politically progressive, pastorally centered American prelates selected in the wake of Vatican II. Gomez belongs to a traditionalist generation."
Rutten frets that Archbishop Gomez's appointment could be "disruptive" and could bring "wrenching" changes to us L.A. Catholics, such as maintaining distinctions between priests and laymen.
Rutten smears Opus Dei at length and is upset about Archbishop Gomez's links to it. He also doesn't like the Archbishop's "close association" with pro-life Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, who, says Rutten, practices "confrontational leadership" -- in other words, he doesn't pal around with Catholic pro-abortion politicians, he says they should be denied Communion.
And the editorialists at the Times are spouting advice already:
They say they hope Archbishop Gomez won't be "confrontational" and will have "circumspection" like Cardinal Mahony in not "calling on pro-choice [sic; read, "pro-abortion"] Catholic politicians not to take Holy Communion."
Let's keep Archbishop Gomez in prayer, and Cardinal Mahony and all our Archdiocese.